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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Appreciation: Giving Thanks for What You Have


At the closure of any year and the beginning of a new one it is nice to reflect upon the precious moments that you have experienced. Three hundred and sixty five days is a lot to think about and there will moments of joy and sorrow that come to the fore. Some years have an overall feel that can be fast, joyful, stressful, unpredictable, erratic or peaceful. Memories are made up of the sights, smells, textures, tastes and sounds that well in our emotions. If something has had a strong effect on you it is stored and easily recalled. There are also many smaller moments to be appreciated, the ones that keep life balanced and joyful.

It is easy to just continue on with life, to keep moving forward – though without giving thanks for the special people in your life and your achievements it can fly passed unacknowledged. Maybe it’s time to show some appreciation in simple ways; give a simple flower, delight in the home cooked meal, offer heart felt appreciation, be conscious of the cosmos in the starry night sky, grasp what it means to be alive, and be thankful for the simple things.

You’re not here by accident, you have an energetic spirit that continues to live, love, create and explore. Give thanks for the things you have and the good people around you. Be calm and empowered as you step forth on your new or continuing quest.

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Global Citizens

 
The world is becoming smaller through advancing technology. Much more of the world is visible thanks to a multi-media landscape that invites us to become global citizens. Some step cautiously and others bound in to capture intriguing new information. Religion, politics and culture have often been the protagonists separating one country from another. Highly ridged beliefs do not allow the freedom to meet people of other cultures without a sense of distrust! We share this magnificent planet but are still working through the differences that divide us. Empathy and awareness are needed to see that most people around the world want the same thing; a place to live in safety, food on the table, the love of a family, a purpose to their life and a healthy future.
Access to information has been limited over the centuries, of course there have been libraries for numerous centuries, but many could not read or did not have access. Now there is up to the minute updates from around the world. Injustices that ask for attention quickly burst into view! We are sickened by what some are capable of, we feel compassion for those that are suffering, but most often it’s a sort of ignorance that lets us down as a united people. The horrors of the world can either unite humanity or make the rift wider, depending on ideological beliefs and whether events are natural or belong to intent.
People are born in different nations with various cultural backgrounds! No one can firmly give a reason why some are born in poverty while others seem to have all that they need; but there are things to be learned in both circumstances. Learning about neighbouring traditions through quality information and experience is a crucial step in removing restrictive barriers. Dare to read the tenants of another religion, learn about cultural etiquette, go to a local festival, and if the funds allow it take an overseas holiday to get the full experience. Maybe the division isn’t that wide?
In order to become global citizens prejudices must be removed. Even those from major world wars are starting to see their enemies in a different light, especially if they were conscripted and also had families they hoped to return to. War is often a trigger from fear and xenophobic attitudes that sometimes gets perpetuated down through the generations. In order for people of different beliefs and cultures to get along we need to start with our children, they need to know that looking different, or having special ways of doing things is not so strange, but rather a unique expression of who they are! The world is made up of many nations who are quite unique in a wonderful way. Lessening the culture shock is a good place to start.
Schools have always taught history and geography; time restraints naturally limit how much teachers can cover, but it is the spiritual or religious beliefs of other nations that are often left out. This is because many schools have a preferred religion within the curriculum which extends from the dominate beliefs of each country. In a beautiful sweep of consciousness change is occurring in the nations that have a multi-cultural population or outlook. Giving equality a helping hand certainly removes layers of uncertainty. Young minds are now learning in an atmosphere free of barriers.  A person is just a person till you know the differences that make them irreplaceable!  Education and spiritual awareness are key to living a life of peaceful satisfaction. 
It’s not necessary to travel the planet to be a worldly individual, though holidaying or living in other countries certainly helps – you are a global citizen each time you venture into the world of others. You’re a worldly and aware individual when you participate in public events in your community. There are many public events that you can participate in where you can express your beliefs; talks, workshops, marches, organisations and fundraisers can be a good place to start. If some of these feel too political try environmental appreciation with tree planting days, clean-up events or visit a national park, you never know who you will meet! You can also help by volunteering time to help the homeless, visit nursing homes, join groups that assist refugees or any other community projects that have your attention. 
Cultural diversity is something to celebrate, it only divide’s when people believe that their culture, religion, politics or genetic heritage sits above all others. These rigid beliefs create a toxic environment that gets passed down through the generations. Releasing these stereotypical views is easier in countries without current conflicts and some countries are finding it harder to break these cycles of hostility. Those in a distant viewing position are naturally appalled that wars and attacks on the innocent can still rage in a modern world where so many nations of people have become friends. United peaceful outcomes are created by strong, patient and tolerant individuals.
Understanding arrives when nations know that they are unique, but have an outward desire to learn about each other. When we help each other with the natural disasters and food shortages that affect our planet we are indeed global citizens. The more clarity we obtain – the better life will be. Then we are able to feel at ease with all nations as egocentric motives dwindle. No nation is better than another; no one can stand in power and say they are better than the rest; that is where true ignorance lies. The global citizen sees beyond these adolescent rumblings to a place where peace resides. Just a little effort in understanding can make a surprising difference.  

Sharon D Bush 
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     



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Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).  

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The Bonds of Shared Experience

 
The shared experience is something that connects people in a subliminal way. Depending on the situation, a meeting that takes less than an hour could connect you indefinitely. You could be friends, strangers or mild acquaintances, but now you are forever linked and have a special understanding of the time in question. This may have been a planned occasion or some unseen force that delivered a special synchronicity, either way the bonds of the shared experience are strong.
 
If you asked someone what their strangest meeting of a friend was, you will find some interesting answers. Though many are bonded through their education or workplace, others meet at festivals, expos, sporting events, gymnasiums, museums, classes, nightclubs, cafes, tourist attractions, in ques, at funerals, by photocopy machines at libraries and so on. The timing is right and you have information, empathy and wisdom to share, but there is even more than that! You feel as if you already know this person, though you can’t quite recall that memory. Even those we already know can suddenly reveal greater depths when time is shared in those transcendent zones.

There is certainly something mystical going on when two complete strangers meet! You could write the whole thing off as a coincidence, but there are too many familiarities for that. Most of these experiences will lead to joyful friendships, though the purpose of some may be to tie up loose ends or offer helpful answers. Other shared experiences may be very disruptive, distressing or sad, and the bonds of friendship are formed through the healing of the occurrence. Though time may seem to move slowly in that situation, a good friend who has insight and empathy can offer a way forward.  
 
The bonds of these mutual connections will continue to grow because the individuals have been drawn together with love, compassion, and understanding. The shared experience and the bonds created are a treasure that you will appreciate for years to come!

Sharon D Bush 
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage        


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Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers). 

Friday, 4 September 2015

Observations of Life on Earth

 
We come from the country, desert, forest, coast, mountains and frozen lands. We live in towns, cities, rural communities and remote homesteads. We are humanity and we have given ourselves the governorship of this magnificent planet. If you could step back and observe this planet with honesty and compassion, what would you see? Could you spend thirty minutes on this exploration, either in contemplation, observation or meditation? Could you record the vision before you so future generations could absorb your discoveries?
It is time to see the totality of our grand and magnificent planet, with all its hardships, inequality, imbalance and unsound political systems and extreme beliefs. This is the age of emergence – where we see the distorted and misguided egotistical commentaries with sharp clarity. Those who can recognise the signs of disharmony can stride forth and shatter the mirage. Those that come next can inform the masses. Then reconstruction can emerge in a way that benefits land, people and animals.
We have amazing minds, but while we are in service to the preservation of ourselves and our families only, our compassion is limited. We are bombarded with imagery of the luxury goods that tell us we deserve more than others, but equality asks more of us. Envy, greed and desperation are the catalysts that sparked a thousand wars! No food, housing, jobs and schooling creates the frantic migrations that unsettle many nations. Anger stems from those who have lost everything. Anger stems from those that must accommodate their misfortune. The world has become a very small place and mass change means we must work together for better quality of life – for all! There are many solutions, but each must make their own way forward. We are naturally emotional creatures with knowledge to impart and love to give, but we need to let go of fear and regain our trust!
Make plans that begin to include the greater community. Offer something, give and receive, dedicate some part of your talents and compassion to people, animals and environment. This is our interwoven purpose.  
 

Sharon D Bush 
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     


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Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).  

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Mind Faster than Words

 

The mind is a virtuoso of swift connections zipping in and around the brain.   This genius governs communication and action in the body. The mind is a central computer sending constant messages out, so we can function quickly and achieve our goals. In an instant the mind conjures images of far off lands, memories and scenarios that may or may not eventuate. The speed of the mind is baffling considering the words we sometime have trouble expressing. Couple this with societal etiquette and the need to talk at a speed everyone can understand, and our words and expression can be slightly fragmented. If you are a quiet or shy person it might be even harder to speak in a clear manner.

Could it be that the connection between the mind and words is still developing? We can all get a bit tongue tied at times or have so much going on in our heads that we don’t know what point to make next, or get totally distracted with the sounds and visions of daily life. Vocal expression is easy for some and difficult or others, though practice is beneficial. Good listening skills will also assist smooth communication and conversation.
As we become young adults the mind is like a glowing orb with electrical signals turning off and on as needed. At this age we have gained enough knowledge, morals and emotional intelligence to filter what we may have blurted out as children. The conscious mind has an inbuilt sentinel walking the boundaries of thought and imagination to guard you from harm, misdeeds and unwise decisions, though this can be overridden with free will!   

A great deal of responsibility comes with the ever expanding adult mind, especially if teaching or parenthood is involved. Be the example that the young can follow. Show them what the mind can do if you slow down and express yourself clearly. Find time to have good conversions with your children, family and friends. Reduce the desperate rush that exists in the lives of many. Good mind to word expression is vital in daily life. Nurture your mind with visual beauty, creative challenges, moderate exercise, healthy eating, fresh water, meditation/contemplation and good sleep! The mind is a gift; don’t underestimate how much work you have put into your energetic and astounding intellect.  

Sharon D Bush 
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     


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Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).  

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Strength to Lead

 
At some point in life people discover the true essence of who they are! A calm and satisfying sense of joy comes with this realization. The shadows disperse leaving a sense of purpose and strength to proceed without hindrance. After some dedicated pursuit levels of knowledge and understanding are reached and this may be noticed by others. The student has become the teacher because she/he displays the strength to lead.
Leadership is a quality of inner-strength, wisdom and patience that can see you and your charges through difficult or frustrating situations. It means you are willing to stand firm in the face of injustice, but also know when to try different tactics to reach a good conclusion. No one can do this without caring for the wellbeing of others. No one can do this without love. Leadership shows a selfless courage spilling out to get you through hard times. 
Lead because you have something to do and places to be. Lead because you are on a quest of mystery in new lands. Find the answers to questions that only you alone can discover. Dedicate your strength to good purpose – make maximum use of your leadership qualities. Your physical strength, intelligent mind, deep workings of soul and unrelenting determination make you a leader. Call on these traits when life isn’t running smoothly. Know you have stores of hidden strength that can be accessed when needed!

Sharon D Bush 
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     


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Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).    

Friday, 27 March 2015

Ancient Spiritual Texts in a Comtemporary World


Humanity treasures the ancient texts that have survived the ravages of intolerance, wars, natural disasters and decay. When these books are of spiritual significance they take on even greater esteem. Finding new works is marvellous to some and abhorrent to others if they feel it alters their established beliefs. This begs the question: are religious and spiritual organisations focused more on dogma, culture or faith? A quick look may reveal your personal beliefs, but is there any room for adjustment?
 
Some revered books and manuscripts where written between 1000 CE and 2000 BCE, which can create a clash for those in contemporary society. These holy books are rich with wisdom, though there may be a few things that don’t fit into modern living. Present day culture has come a long way so we must take what is relevant to us from these precious books and leave the archaic. Beliefs that were the standard within society 2000 years ago or even in the middle ages do not fit easily today. Yet there is a simple purity to the words of holy men and women that is appreciated and still current for those seeking peace and sacred knowledge.
Sometimes we are amazed that such wisdom and clarity could have been imparted so long ago. It seems clear that certain authors had a unique spiritual presence in their lifetime, something that still hold its significance today. So read, learn and continue – you’ll know when some phrases or thoughts do not apply.  

Sharon D Bush 
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     


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Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).     

Friday, 6 February 2015

Hierarchy: Breaking Through Restrictive Systems

 
If you look carefully at the world you will find a multitude of restrictive human-made boundaries. Trying to achieve even the simplest and natural things can be difficult if there are a set of hurdles to jump over. Has bureaucracy reached a point of madness and have people accepted the limitations stacked before them?

At some point people lost their confidence and no matter how proficient they are – some semi-conscious person tells them they are not qualified and need years of training. There seems to be people who set up all kinds of things that are revenue raising and bogged down in time wasting hierarchical systems. There may even be a few charlatans ready to test your resolve. Ask yourself if the certificate or end result is worth it and if it is recognised. Give yourself time to think and you’ll know if it’s right for you. It’s one thing to do an apprenticeship or course of learning that has some real content, but also acknowledge that you have acquired wisdom and intelligence by your own means.
Regaining the confidence to say ‘I can do that,’ with a sense of joyous fulfilment is important. Being too passive is diminishing the human spirit. If you have learnt more than the people who would be your teachers – say no to any more time wasting. If you are curious ask why the course or system takes so long to complete or why it is so expensive. Is the person running the class qualified? Ask if you can submit something in writing that takes you straight to advanced standing. Speak plainly – it is not egotistical to have well-earned knowledge.
 
Don’t seek approval, push convention aside and create an original way forward. People that strive ahead in their personal endeavours have pride in themselves. Being proud of your achievements is a good thing and it empowers others to challenge ridiculous processes that damage the human spirit. If you have something to say, step up! Bring freedom back to your local community. Why not help your city council streamline their paperwork or help others suffering the torments of the legal process. Teach people simplicity! Be wise and confident; don’t shy away from challenging unjust conditions!
 
The Sage   Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

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